Halo: Master Chief Collection Won't Have Dedicated Halo 1 Playlists At Launch

343 Industries will roll out the playlists when it is satisfied with network performance, but no indication as to when that may be.

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Halo fans hoping to hop right into Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary multiplayer when The Master Chief Collection launches tonight at midnight are out of luck. Developer 343 Industries has announced that the game will not launch with any dedicated Halo: Combat Evolved multiplayer playlists as planned.

"Up until this very day, we've been making (and are continuing to make) investments to ensure that Halo: CE's online/network performance is the best it can be within Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and we're committed to making additional investments to make this happen," 343 Industries wrote on its website.

Though there won't be any dedicated Halo: CE playlists out of the gate, gamers will still have access to the game's multiplayer mode in custom matches. In addition, Halo: CE will pop up in the general Team Slayer and Big Team Battle playlists. However, 343 Industries said, "We are holding on the dedicated playlist until we are able to provide the best experience possible."

On top of that, as a result of fan feedback, the Halo: CE playlist--when it does finally arrive--will be shifted to 2v2 matches, down from the original 4v4 plan.

The full launch-day playlists for The Master Chief Collection, as detailed by 343 Industries, are below. 343 Industries reminds players that it's always looking for feedback, and it plans to update The Master Chief Collection's matchmaking based on player trends and feedback.

Team Slayer:

Eliminate the enemy team across four Halo games: Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 2: Anniversary. Nothing but Team Slayer, 24/7. 4v4.

Game Types: Halo: CE Team Slayer, H2 Team Slayer, H2 Team BR, H2A Team Slayer, H2A Team Slayer BR, H3 Team Slayer, H3 Team Slayer BR

Maps: Battle Creek, Damnation, Rat Race, Prisoner, Hang ‘em High, Chill Out, Derelict, Wizard, Lockout, Ascension, Midship, Ivory Tower, Beaver Creek, Colossus, Zanzibar, Foundation, Warlock, Sanctuary, Turf, Elongation, Gemini, Warlord, Lockdown, Zenith, Shrine, Stonetown, Bloodline, Assembly, Citadel, Construct, Ghost Town, Snowbound, Heretic, High Ground, Isolation, Last Resort, Narrows, Orbital, The Pit, Standoff, Guardian.

Halo Championship Series:

The official Halo eSports playlist, featuring the Halo 2: Anniversary Halo Championship Series rule set. 4v4.

Game Types: HCS Team Slayer, HCS Neutral Bomb Assault, HCS 3 Flag CTF, HCS 5 Flag CTF, HCS Team Crazy King.

Maps: Shrine, Lockdown, Warlord.

Team Halo 2: Anniversary:

Play a mix of Team Slayer and objective game types on re-mastered maps. 4v4.

Game Types: Team Slayer, Team Slayer BR, CTF BR, Oddball BR, Territories BR, 1 Flag CTF BR, Multi-Bomb Assault BR, Neutral Bomb Assault BR, Ricochet BR, 1 Bomb Assault BR.

Maps: Warlord, Lockdown, Zenith, Shrine, Stonetown, Bloodline.

Big Team Battle:

Battle it out in 16-player warfare with vehicles across Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 4, and Halo 2: Anniversary. 8v8.

Game Types: Halo: CE Team Slayer, Halo: CE CTF, Halo: CE Team King, H2 BTB Team Slayer, H2 1 Flag CTF, H2 1 Bomb Assault, H2 Multi-Flag CTF, H2 Crazy King, H2 Muti-Bomb, H2A BTB Team Slayer, H2A Team BR, H2A 1 Flag CTF BR, H2A 1 Bomb Assault BR, H2A Crazy King BR, H2A 3 Plots BR, H2A Gungoose CTF, H3 BTB Team Slayer, H3 Multi-Flag CTF, H3 Multi-Bomb, H3 1 Flag CTF, H3 1 Bomb Assault, H3 Territories, H3 Team Crazy King, H4 BTB Slayer Pro, H4 CTF.

Maps: Sidewinder, Hang ‘em High, Blood Gulch, Ice Fields, Death Island, Danger Canyon, Infinity, Timberland, Gephyrophobia, Burial Mounds, Zanzibar, Coagulation, Headlong, Waterworks, Containment, Relic, Terminal, District, Uplift, Stonetown, Bloodline, Avalanche, Last Resort, Longshore, Rat’s Nest, Sandtrap, Standoff, Valhalla, Wreckage, Harvest, Shatter, Vertigo.

(H2A) Rumble Pit:

Challenge seven other opponents on re-mastered maps. This is your fight and yours alone. 8-player Free-For-All.

Game Types: H2A Slayer, H2A Slayer BR, H2A Crazy King, H2A Juggernaut, H2A Oddball

Maps: Warlord, Lockdown, Zenith, Shrine

*Note: As previously announced, the Rumble Pit Playlist will focus on Halo 2: Anniversary at launch, and integrate / move to additional games post-launch.

Halo 2 Classic:

It's back. A mix of the most popular Team Slayer and objective game types from the original Halo 2. 4v4.

Game Types: Team Slayer, Team Slayer BR, 1 Flag CTF BR, Crazy King, Team Ball BR, Neutral Bomb, Multi-Fag CTF, Multi-Flag CTF BR, Team Snipers, 1 Bomb Assault, 1 Bomb Assault BR, Multi-Bomb BR, 3 Plots BR.

Maps: Lockout, Ascension, Midship, Ivory Tower, Beaver Creek, Elongation, Colossus, Gemini, Zanzibar, Foundation, Warlock, Sanctuary, Turf.

Halo 3:

A selection of fan-favorite Team Slayer and objective game types from Halo 3. 4v4.

Game Types: Team Slayer, Team Slayer BR, Multi-Flag CTF, Multi-Bomb, Team Crazy King, Team Ball, Multi-Flag CTF, 1 Flag CTF, 1 Bomb Assault, Territories, Neutral Bomb.

Maps: The Pit, Construct, Heretic, Assembly, Blackout, Citadel, Cold Storage, Ghost Town, Guardian, High Ground, Isolation, Last Resort, Narrows, Orbital, Standoff.

Halo 4:

A mix of Team Slayer and objective game types from Halo 4, on a selection of small to medium-sized maps. 5v5.

Game Types: Team Slayer, Legendary Slayer BR, Team Crazy King, Team Ball, Extraction, CTF.

Maps: Haven, Adrift, Abandon, Solace, Monolith, Landfall, Skyline, Pitfall, Vertigo.

Team Hardcore:

A collection of tournament-approved game types from Halo 2 and Halo 3. The Battle Rifle is your primary weapon. 4v4.

Game Types: H2 Hardcore Team Slayer, H2 Hardcore Team Ball, H2 Hardcore CTF MidWar, H2 Hardcore Assault, H2 Hardcore CTF Sanctuary.

Maps: Lockout, Midship, Sanctuary, Warlock, Beaver Creek.

SWAT (Rotational)

Aim for the head! A collection of SWAT game types on our favorite maps from Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 4, and Halo 2: Anniversary. Players have no shields and are equipped with rifles. 4v4.

Game Types: H2 Team SWAT, H2A Team SWAT, H3 Team SWAT, H4 Team SWAT, plus a sampling of SWAT Objective game types from each game, including CTF and Crazy King

Maps: Lockout, Ascension, Midship, Ivory Tower, Beaver Creek, Colossus, Warlock, Sanctuary, Turf, Elongation, Gemini, Zenith, Lockdown, Warlord, Shrine, Adrift, Haven, Landfall, Monolith, Skyline, Pitfall, Vertigo

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Extremely disappointed that the Halo 1 playlist will only be 2v2. The only reason I was getting this (and getting an Xbox One) was for the original Halo 1 multiplayer online (want to play with my brothers online). Now I'm thinking twice about it.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> we need to start a petition. Or kik some azz and get this changed... I mean seriously if you polled 1000 true Halo 1 players I highly doubt the majority would want 2v2 over 4v4.... Hello how the hell can you play CTF Blood Gulch etc with 2v2.... When I used to play in tourneys it was always 4v4 so I think they are lying when they say "ppl" want 2v2, 2v2 is stupid, at least put the option for 4v4 or bigger games and objective games.

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Well since you just can't play Halo 1 only, you have to vote and hope you get Halo 1, add me Futo Kirito, and we can either play custom games with my other friends or join up a team of 4 so at least we can vote on Halo 1 maps only and play Halo 1 when we pick team slayer or big team battle and most likely get our way

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I bought an Xbox one last week strictly to play Halo 1 multiplayer on Live for first time in 13 years, thanks a lot Microsoft for the disappointment , you have officially pissed off me and all my Halo 1 friends who only want to play Halo 1 4v4, 6v6 etc.... If you have a soul please put Halo 1 multiplayer as its own gametype and make it big games not 2v2 like y'all might be doing. Jesus
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I just sold my HUGE collection of console games and consoles.

I realised what's the point of having all those consoles, when you download every possible game from the net???

My ambitious future goal is to have PS4, xbox1, wii u and older generation emulators.

No need to spend money on games. All the money I save from not buying games I use for pc upgrading.

Eventually I own everything. Bow down to me peasants or I'll smite you all!!!!

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@hermitkiller Good luck with emulating the Ps3 and Xbox 360! There's not even a decent original Xbox emulator yet.

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I never play Halo. I am going to start the campaign first. I want to know the root before jumping to the multiplayer. GOSH, I haven't even finish playing sunset overdrive and COD: AW yet. I haven't even start Shadow of Mordor and Evil Within. Now MCC is out. AHH!!! Ill know where I am spending my winter.

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For $9.99, you too can have all of Master Chiefs adventures unlocked!

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To think that the opportunity to participate in the Halo V beta is tied with the purchase of this half-delivered nostalgia-exploiting product. *Ugh*.

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Almost time for #HaloFest

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ohhhh my God we getting wasted up in dis place!!!!!! gonna be playing halo all night nooobs- here i come baby!!!!!!! kilamonjaro baby 25 kill streak, lockout, battle creek, foundation, zanzibar here i come baby!!!

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I was first in line, they gave me a free T-shirt and a ticket to collect a custom Xbox one used for running split screen tournaments for a T-Shirt :D Already downloading on my standard Xbox one :)

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Those playlists that mix up different games' rulesets are epic fail.


I hope they use MCC to guage the popularity of the different games so that we don't get a bunch of stupid mechanics in Halo 5.


I don't like them mashing Team Slayer and Team Objective together (some people are horrible at objective games), but I guess they didn't want to split it into too many playlists.

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Can't wait 'til the midnight launch. I'll be playing Halo 2 multiplayer all night!

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Give me Halo 2 Anniversary. That's all anyone is playing tonight.

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Too bad I'm too bussy to pick it up T.T .. I was looking forward to playing it since they announced it.

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Uhm, everything here is literally exactly what they said it'd be. No short comings on any bold claims there. They said they'd have all the chief games, they do. Remastered halo 2? Er, yeah. All the maps including dlc and PC only maps for each game? Yup, they claimed there would be, and there is. 6 remastered maps in a remastered multiplayer mode? Yeah. All the original games original multiplayers using their original engines? Yeah, that's there. Those were their bold claims, and it's all there. Cross-game multiplayer and campaign stylists. Oh, that's in there too. This is literally exactly what every halo fan wants, or at least every single one I've met.

As for the price tag, the fact that the games are old means nothing. They are still solid in terms of gameplay and most fans that buy it will pour hundreds of hours into it, which is a lot more than you can say for most other triple A titles nowadays, even the acclaimed ones.

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Kind of how the last of us is just a PS3 game with improved lighting. Main difference is that mcc actually has a ton more content... Only thing failing here is your sonybolonga

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I hope this means Halo CE multiplayer wont lag like the PC version. You had to lead your shots in multiplayer becuase the net code was so bad. Hopefully dedicated servers fix this.

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I feel the worst kind of brewing about to release the most rotten Fart any second then dump my guts out so I'm ready for the midnight Halo Launch Party Woooooooo

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I guess this is all XBOX has left Halo 5,6,7,8 might as well milk it for as long you can. Who knows if Xbox will be around in 2015. Maybe another price cut?

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Hey it's Sonybalognaonly4. Just not an Xbox article without u

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Can Sony do a price cut?

I mean the PS4 is the ONLY thing carrying the company right now.

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I think Sony needs to raise the price of the ps4, so they can afford to fix the ps+ bs. If that happened Sony fanboys would praise the move..... Poor delusional fanboys!

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I think termihater95 and Sonybolognyonly4 must be related, inbread son and father. My guess!

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@sonyonly4 @naughtygamer806 I know why youre on every Xbox story...you have nothing to play on the PS4.

You can list your Indies; but no one buys a console for Indies...you have a phone for that.

So while "greatness awaits" you troll our stories.

We've been discovering Fire since Oct = Forza Horizon 2, Sunset Overdrive...& today Halo - thats alot of FIRE.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> So Xbox gamers aren't allowed to enjoy their exclusive game while Playstation gamers are? Leave us alone if all you're going to be doing is being a dick to us.

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That's a huge bummer! Though Halo 2 is where I'll be spending most of my time, I was looking forward to playing some Combat Evolved multiplayer with my friend tonight (who's never played either of the original Xbox games).

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I don't think most people are buying this to play Halo CE multiplayer again, I think most people are going straight to Halo 2, I know that's where I am going first.

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I'm going straight to halo 4

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Bull crap! It's the first one I plan on playing, and the one I plan to play the most.

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speak for yourself..halo:CE was going to be my first stop..but ill settle for halo 2

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> We can still play CE in custom games which is always fun with some pals over live!

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You can still play CE online multiplayer anyway, just not in it's own playlist, so it's not just custom games. A big chunk of the team slayer and big team playlist is halo CE.

Got to admit as well, most people might be excited for halo 2 but that doesn't detract from CE. I wouldn't be surprised if most people haven't heard that CE will be in there with its original multiplayer, it wasn't really showcased, none of my friends new til I told them.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> CTF on blood gulch would be nice, can't wait for everyone to be able to play the PC maps, because there are some good ones in there, plus race is back.

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